Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Ballymun (Dublin) Recreational Acreage.

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asked the Minister for Local Government the total acreage available for recreational purposes in Ballymun satellite town, Dublin.

I understand from Dublin Corporation that 95 acres in all are set aside in the Ballymun housing scheme for recreational purposes, including 70 acres for passive recreation and open space and 25 acres for active recreation. Development works are almost complete on all the recreational area. The corporation have provided three all-weather football pitches, at a cost of approximately £6,000 each and five grassed pitches and are examining the question of providing additional facilities for active recreation. Ten childrens' play lots have been provided in the scheme.

The Parliamentary Secretary says that three all-weather football pitches and five grassed pitches have been provided on the 25-acre site for active recreation but could he explain why only four football pitches could be provided on a site of similar size in Finglas West? How could he squeeze in this number of pitches in Ballymun?

I did not squeeze them in, Dublin Corporation did it.

That is a misrepresentation.

The Minister put up the houses but there was no concern for these other amenities.

There were no objections from that side of the House when the Minister was deciding on that housing scheme.

We never ceased objecting.

It will be the same in Kilbarrack. It is a criminal offence and a disgrace to have any family living in a building of more than four storeys.